But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7

Matthew 7:13

The Narrow Way

13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.

1 Corinthians 11:31-32
For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.

Prayer: God, I realize that I am responsible to “judge” myself as you tell us in 1 Cor 11:31-32.   God please give me the courage and humility to judge myself so that I can “enter by the narrow gate!”  so I  “maynot be condemned with the world,” with the “many” on the “wide path that leads to destruction!”   [hell]

As King David prayed: 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.  Psalm 139:23-24

1 John 1:8 NKJV If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
2 Kings 22:19 NKJV
19 because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they would become a desolation and a curse, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you,” says the Lord.
If your eyes sparkle for anything on this earth more than God then there is MORE of God for you to know. Seek Him more and you will lose your desire for the things of this earth that used to attract you. (money, fame on the earth, possessions, lust of any kind… ) you will find knowing and understanding God and being with Him far greater than any pleasure or addiction on the earth.
Because we love Jesus for His sacrificial death, we want to obey Him as he commands in John 14:15. We are not saved by our works. But, because we are saved, we choose to keep His commandments as the guide for successful living.
Therese of Lisieux The Stubborn Saint
From the time she was a little girl, Therese felt she was “born for great things.” She understood that her “personal glory would never reveal itself before the eyes of men, but would consist in becoming a saint–a great saint.” But this is in everyone, not just those who know that God is man’s end. Man is the center of his own universe first of all. He knows in his heart that he is meant for something great. He waits for it momentarily. If he doesn’t discover it, if it doesn’t “happen,” he tries to prove it anyway and then he ends up in sin–or sickness.
But he is right all the time: he is created for union with God and this is greater than his wildest dreams. However, if he is not taught it is this, he will try union with everything but God, knowing ecstasy is to be found somewhere. It is to be found lastingly only in God. It is terrible not to know.
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David prayed this prayer of “Divine Scrutiny”
Psalm 26 New King James Version (NKJV)
“A Prayer for Divine Scrutiny and Redemption”
A Psalm of David.
26 Vindicate me, O Lord, For I have walked in my integrity. I have also trusted in the Lord; I shall not slip. 2 Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; Try my mind and my heart. 3 For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes, And I have walked in Your truth. 4 I have not sat with idolatrous mortals, Nor will I go in with hypocrites. 5 I have hated the assembly of evildoers, And will not sit with the wicked.
6 I will wash my hands in innocence; So I will go about Your altar, O Lord, 7 That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, And tell of all Your wondrous works. 8 Lord, I have loved the habitation of Your house, And the place where Your glory dwells.
9 Do not gather my soul with sinners, Nor my life with bloodthirsty men, 10 In whose hands is a sinister scheme, And whose right hand is full of bribes.
11 But as for me, I will walk in my integrity; Redeem me and be merciful to me. 12 My foot stands in an even place; In the congregations I will bless the Lord. —————–
David was a man after God’s own heart and God loved David! click on link: http://www.thisisyourbible.com/media.asp?id=1244
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Prayer: Oh God! I want to love You like David did! David was fiercely loyal to You out of love for You! David obeyed You in excellent detail! You called David a “man after Your own heart!” I want to be a person after Your own heart God! Please help me to love and obey You like David did in excellent detail!
You are a God that LOVES details and You want to be obeyed in detail! (as in the book of Leviticus!) Yes, You are a God of Love and at the same time, You were SERIOUS about everything that You said! I take You seriously God! I love You forever!!!!
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Read: “My Heart Christ’s Home” by Robert B. Munger. click on link: http://mckeesportalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/My-Heart-Christs-Home.pdf
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Jesus warns me, don’t be a hypocrite!
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“We must beware of self righteousness in our quest to live a holy life. Jesus warned against it.  Even Jesus Himself said, Mark 10:18 And Jesus said to him, Why call you me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.”
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Excerpt from “The Myth Of The Lukewarm Christian” by Eric M. Pazdziora:
Lukewarm Christians are satisfied in themselves. Lukewarm Christians are proud of their spiritual commitment and pleased with all that they do for the Lord. Lukewarm Christians believe that they are living the right way, with all the right values, and all the right methods, and all the right works.
Except they aren’t. The fact that lukewarmness—self-righteousness—nauseates the Lord matches what He said (terrifyingly) about people who won’t make it into heaven:“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’” (Matthew 7:22–23)

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These people did great works for the Lord—even miracles—and thought well of themselves, but they missed their need for the Lord Himself. Jesus said, “Only one thing is needful,” and it isn’t to do great works for Him. Jesus wants us to trust Him, rest in Him, believe in Him, see our need for Him, get to know Him, let Him get to know us. That’s all one thing: it’s called Faith.

That may explain why Jesus says “I wish you were cold or hot.” If you’re “hot,” then of course you’re exactly where the Lord wants you to be—surrendering to the All-Consuming Fire. You’re seeing your need of Him and depending on Him to burn away your impurities and kindle your love.

Question: Do I care about washing my hands or my clothes more than “washing my heart” with the pure water of God’s Word?
    

    

Question: Do I detail clean my car more than I detail clean my heart?

Matthew 5:8Amplified Bible (AMP)

8Blessed (happy, [a]enviably fortunate, and [b]spiritually prosperous–possessing the [c]happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions) are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!

Prayer: Oh God, as many times a day as I wash my hands or more let me pray this:
Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my anxieties;
And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm 26:2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.
Proverbs 4:23-27
23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. 24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you. 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you.
26 Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.

Prayer: Oh God! Forgive me for cleaning temporary possessions (which are rubbish compared to knowing You! Phil 3:8) and neglecting to purify my heart in my eternal relationship with You!

You have so much to say about my heart!
My heart is VERY IMPORTANT to You!
I want to daily purify my heart so that I can see You!
I will spend forever with You!
I want to be filled with Your Holiness now on earth
“as it is in heaven!” Please help me God! In Jesus’ name I pray.
I daily put my heart through God’s Holy Scripture.
God’s “Heart Wash” to purify my heart!

Philippians 3:8-10

Amplified Bible (AMP)

8Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly]. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish (refuse, dregs), in order that I may win (gain) Christ (the Anointed One),

9And that I may [actually] be found and known as in Him, not having any [self-achieved] righteousness that can be called my own, based on my obedience to the Law’s demands (ritualistic uprightness and supposed right standing with God thus acquired), but possessing that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ (the Anointed One), the [truly] right standing with God, which comes from God by [saving] faith.

10[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [[a]which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope] 11That if possible I may attain to the [[b]spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body].

12Not that I have now attained [this ideal], or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own.

Matthew 22:35-40
35And one of their number, a lawyer, asked Him a question to test Him.36Teacher, which [e]kind of commandment is great and important (the principal kind) in the Law? [Some commandments are light–which are heavy?]37And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect).38This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment.39And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself.  40These two commandments [f]sum up and upon them depend all the Law and the Prophets.
1 Thessalonians 2:4
But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which tries our hearts.
Psalm 7:9
Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God tries the hearts and reins.
Revelation 2:23
And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searches the reins and hearts: and I will give to every one of you according to your works.
Proverbs 17:3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD tries the hearts.
Jeremiah 17:10
I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
1 Samuel 16:7
But the LORD said to Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.
Luke 16:15
And he said to them, You are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knows your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
Proverbs 21:2
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD ponders the hearts.

Proverbs 16:2-3 Amplified Bible (AMP)

2All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits (the thoughts and intents of the heart). 3Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.

1 Samuel 2:3   Amplified Bible (AMP)

3Talk no more so very proudly; let not arrogance go forth from your mouth, for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by Him actions are weighed.

1 Kings 8:39
Then hear you in heaven your dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart you know; (for you, even you only, know the hearts of all the children of men)
John 2:24-25   Amplified Bible (AMP)
24But Jesus [for His part] did not trust Himself to them, because He knew all [men]; 25And He did not need anyone to bear witness concerning man [needed no evidence from anyone about men], for He Himself knew what was in human nature. [He could read men’s hearts.] [I Sam. 16:7.]
1 Chronicles 28:9
And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts: if you seek him, he will be found of you; but if you forsake him, he will cast you off for ever.

2 Timothy 2:22
Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

1 Kings 8:61
Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day.
1 Chronicles 29:17
I know also, my God, that you try the heart, and have pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy your people, which are present here, to offer willingly to you.
Proverbs 11:20
They that are of a fraudulent heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.
Jeremiah 29:13 And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart.
Deuteronomy 4:29 
But if from there you shall seek the LORD your God, you shall find him, if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.
Deuteronomy 11:13-31
13 So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul14 then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil. 15 I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied. 16 Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them. 17 Then the LORD’s anger will burn against you, and he will shut up the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce, and you will soon perish from the good land the LORD is giving you. 18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 20 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, 21 so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth. 22 If you carefully observe all these commands I am giving you to follow—to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him and to hold fast to him— 23 then the LORD will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations larger and stronger than you. 24 Every place where you set your foot will be yours: Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the Euphrates River to the Mediterranean Sea. 25 No one will be able to stand against you. The LORD your God, as he promised you, will put the terror and fear of you on the whole land, wherever you go. 26 See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse— 27 the blessing if you obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today; 28 the curse if you disobey the commands of the LORD your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known. 29 When the LORD your God has brought you into the land you are entering to possess, you are to proclaim on Mount Gerizim the blessings, and on Mount Ebal the curses. 30 As you know, these mountains are across the Jordan, westward, toward the setting sun, near the great trees of Moreh, in the territory of those Canaanites living in the Arabah in the vicinity of Gilgal. 31 You are about to cross the Jordan to enter and take possession of the land the LORD your God is giving you. When you have taken it over and are living there, 32 be sure that you obey all the decrees and laws I am setting before you today.
Jeremiah 24:7  And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return to me with their whole heart.
Amos 5:4  For thus said the LORD to the house of Israel, Seek you me, and you shall live:
Deuteronomy 34:26  And he said to them, Set your hearts to all the words which I testify among you this day, which you shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law.
1 Chronicles 22:19  Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God; arise therefore, and build you the sanctuary of the LORD God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of the LORD.
Psalm 73:1  Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.

Isaiah 29:13  Amplified Bible (AMP)

13And the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips but remove their hearts and minds far from Me, and their fear and reverence for Me are a commandment of men that is learned by repetition [without any thought as to the meaning],

Matthew 15: 6-20  Amplified

6So for the sake of your tradition (the rules handed down by your forefathers), you have set aside the Word of God [depriving it of force and authority and making it of no effect].

7You pretenders (hypocrites)! Admirably and truly did Isaiah prophesy of you when he said:

8These people draw near Me with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts hold off and are far away from Me.

9Uselessly do they worship Me, for they teach as doctrines the commands of men.

10And Jesus called the people to Him and said to them, Listen and grasp and comprehend this:

11It is not what goes into the mouth of a man that makes him unclean and defiled, but what comes out of the mouth; this makes a man unclean and defiles [him].

12Then the disciples came and said to Him, Do You know that the Pharisees were displeased and offended and indignant when they heard this saying?

13He answered, Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be torn up by the roots.

14Let them alone and disregard them; they are blind guides and teachers. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a ditch.

15But Peter said to Him, Explain this [a]proverb (this [b]maxim) to us.

16And He said, Are you also even yet dull and ignorant [without understanding and [c]unable to put things together]?

17Do you not see and understand that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the [d]abdomen and so passes on into the place where discharges are deposited?

18But whatever comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this is what makes a man unclean and defiles [him].

19For out of the heart come evil thoughts (reasonings and disputings and designs) such as murder, adultery, sexual vice, theft, false witnessing, slander, and irreverent speech.

20These are what make a man unclean and defile [him]; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him unclean or defile [him].

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The Heart
Prayer:  Oh God please cleanse my heart with the “washing of water by the word!”  (Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word)
I want a heart that is “noble and good” so that Your Word can bear fruit on “good ground!”  (Luke 8:15)
Fill my heart with Your Word, Your Truth so that out from my heart will flow:  “good treasure of his heart… bringing forth that which is good.”  Whatever is in my heart is what will come out of my mouth…”for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45)
Lord Jesus, as you prayed to Your Heavenly Father for your disciples and all that believe in You… I also pray:  “Sanctify me through your truth: your word is truth.” (John 17:17)
Lord please help me to:  Keep my heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.  (Proverbs 4:23)
As David prayed I also pray:  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  Psalm 51:10
God not only knows all of our thoughts, He knows the “intentions” of your thoughts. (1 Chron. 28:9)  New American Standard Bible: “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.

Psalm 51:7-15 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice. 9 Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. 13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.

14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, The God of my salvation,

And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness. 15 O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on Psalm 51:7-1551:7-15 Purge me with hyssop, with the blood of Christ applied to my soul by a lively faith, as the water of purification was sprinkled with a bunch of hyssop. The blood of Christ is called the blood of sprinkling, Heb 12:24. If this blood of Christ, which cleanses from all sin, cleanse us from our sin, then we shall be clean indeed, Heb 10:2. He asks not to be comforted, till he is first cleansed; if sin, the bitter root of sorrow, be taken away, he can pray in faith, Let me have a well-grounded peace, of thy creating, so that the bones broken by convictions may rejoice, may be comforted. Hide thy face from my sins; blot out all mine iniquities out of thy book; blot them out, as a cloud is blotted out and dispelled by the beams of the sun. And the believer desires renewal to holiness as much as the joy of salvation. David now saw, more than ever, what an unclean heart he had, and sadly laments it; but he sees it is not in his own power to amend it, and therefore begs God would create in him a clean heart. When the sinner feels this change is necessary, and reads the promise of God to that purpose, he begins to ask it. He knew he had by his sin grieved the Holy Spirit, and provoked him to withdraw. This he dreads more than anything. He prays that Divine comforts may be restored to him. When we give ourselves cause to doubt our interest in salvation, how can we expect the joy of it? This had made him weak; he prays, I am ready to fall, either into sin or into despair, therefore uphold me with thy Spirit. Thy Spirit is a free Spirit, a free Agent himself, working freely. And the more cheerful we are in our duty, the more constant we shall be to it. What is this but the liberty wherewith Christ makes his people free, which is contrasted with the yoke of bondage? Ga 5:1. It is the Spirit of adoption spoken to the heart. Those to whom God is the God of salvation, he will deliver from guilt; for the salvation he is the God of, is salvation from sin. We may therefore plead with him, Lord, thou art the God of my salvation, therefore deliver me from the dominion of sin. And when the lips are opened, what should they speak but the praises of God for his forgiving mercy?
Luke 8:15 But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.
Proverbs 4:23
Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Luke 6:45
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
2 Chronicles 16:9 
For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein you have done foolishly: therefore from now on you shall have wars.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary:

2 Chronicles 16:1-14   Asa seeks the aid of the Syrians, His death. – A plain and faithful reproof was given to Asa by a prophet of the Lord, for making a league with Syria. God is displeased when he is distrusted, and when an arm of flesh is relied on, more than his power and goodness. It is foolish to lean on a broken reed, when we have the Rock of ages to rely upon. To convince Asa of his folly, the prophet shows that he, of all men, had no reason to distrust God, who had found him such a powerful Helper. The many experiences we have had of the goodness of God to us, aggravate our distrust of him. But see how deceitful our hearts are! we trust in God when we have nothing else to trust to, when need drives us to him; but when we have other things to stay on, we are apt to depend too much on them. Observe Asa’s displeasure at this reproof. What is man, when God leaves him to himself! He that abused his power for persecuting God’s prophet, was left to himself, to abuse it further for crushing his own subjects. Two years before he died, Asa was diseased in his feet. Making use of physicians was his duty; but trusting to them, and expecting that from them which was to be had from God only, were his sin and folly. In all conflicts and sufferings we need especially to look to our own hearts, that they may be perfect towards God, by faith, patience, and obedience.

Wesley’s Notes:
2 Chronicles 16:9 Done foolishly – It is a foolish thing to lean on a broken reed, when we have the rock of ages to rely upon. Perfect – Upright and sincere, as thine is not. He was sincere in the general course of his life, but some particulars, whereof this is one, his heart did not perfectly cleave to God.
Question:
Dear God, search me and try me, do I have a perfect heart toward You? 
  • Is my heart faithfully and patiently trusting You in all areas of my life? 
  • Am I obeying You in excellent detail in all areas of my life? 
  • Am I upright and completely sincere before You?
  • Is my heart perfectly cleaving to You My God?
Prayer:  Oh God! Please help me.  I need especially to look at my own heart. I want my heart to be perfect towards You God!  By faith, patience, and obedience.  Perfect – Upright and sincere, my heart perfectly cleaving to You God!
I want a perfect heart toward You God!  Because I love You I want to obey You in excellent detail!
I desire that when Your eyes LORD, run to and fro throughout the whole earth, that Your eyes would find me with a heart that is perfect toward You! 
Please help me God to have a perfect heart of:
  • faith in You!
  • patiently trusting You!
  • obeying You with all my heart, soul, mind and strength!
  • Sincere and upright before You!
  • My heart perfectly cleaving to You God!
Luke 8:4-15
The Parable of the Sower
4 And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable: 5 “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6 Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. 8 But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
The Purpose of Parables
9 Then His disciples asked Him, saying, “What does this parable mean?” 10 And He said, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that‘ Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand.’[b]
The Parable of the Sower Explained
11 “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13 But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. 14 Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. 15 But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.
John 17:15-26

15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.

Jesus Prays for All Believers
20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will[a] believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. 24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. 26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary:

John 17:17-19 Christ next prayed for the disciples, that they might not only be kept from evil, but made good. It is the prayer of Jesus for all that are his, that they may be made holy. Even disciples must pray for sanctifying grace. The means of giving this grace is, through thy truth, thy word is truth. Sanctify them, set them apart for thyself and thy service. Own them in the office; let thy hand go with them. Jesus entirely devoted himself to his undertaking, and all the parts of it, especially the offering up himself without spot unto God, by the eternal Spirit. The real holiness of all true Christians is the fruit of Christ’s death, by which the gift of the Holy Ghost was purchased; he gave himself for his church, to sanctify it. If our views have not this effect on us, they are not Divine truth, or we do not receive them by a living and a working faith, but as mere notions.

Barne’s Notes on John 17:23

May be made perfect in one – That their union may be complete. That there may be no jars, discords, or contentions. A machine is perfect or complete when it has all its parts and is in good order when there is no portion of it wanting. So the union of Christians, for which the Saviour prayed, would be complete or perfect if there were no controversies, no envyings, no contentions, and no heart-burnings and jealousies. It is worthy of remark here how entirely the union of his people occupied the mind of Jesus as he drew near to death. He saw the danger of strifes and contentions in the church. He knew the imperfections of even the best of men. He saw how prone they would be to passion and ambition; how ready to mistake love of sect or party for zeal for pure religion; how selfish and worldly men in the church might divide his followers, and produce unholy feeling and contention; and he saw, also, how much this would do to dishonor religion.

Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible on John 17:23

and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. The Oriental versions, the Syriac, Arabic, Persic, and Ethiopic, all read the words thus, “and I have loved them, as thou hast loved me”; contrary to all the Greek copies, and other versions, which read as we do. The Father loved Christ as his own Son, and as Mediator; so he loved him when he assumed human nature, and became obedient to his will both in doing and suffering; when his Father left him, and poured out his wrath upon him, and when he laid down his life for the sheep. The instances of his love to him as Mediator are, his putting all things into his hands, showing him all that he does, and concealing nothing from him, and appointing him the only Saviour, the head of the church, and Judge of the world. The nature of this love is, that it is from eternity; is a love of complacency and delight; it is special and peculiar, unchangeable and inseparable, and will last for ever: now God has loved his people, as he has loved his Son; he loves them not merely as creatures, as the descendants of Adam, or as considered in themselves, but as in Christ. The instances of his love to them are, his choosing them in Christ; making a covenant with them in him; the mission of him into this world, to obtain salvation for them; the quickening and calling of them by his grace; the care he takes of them afterwards in supplying their wants, supporting them under temptations, delivering them out of afflictions, and causing all things to work together for their good; to all which add the provisions he makes for them, both for time and eternity. The nature of this love is such as that he bears to Christ; it is from everlasting; a love of the utmost delight and pleasure; it is special and peculiar, unchangeable, and will continue for ever: there is not the same reason for his loving them as his Son; and this as must not be thought to denote equality, but similitude and order.

Clarke’s Commentary on John 17:24
That they may behold my glory – That they may enjoy eternal felicity with me in thy kingdom. So the word is used, John 3:3; Matthew 5:8. The design of Christ is, that all who believe should love and obey, persevere unto the end, and be eternally united to himself, and the ever blessed God, in the kingdom of glory.
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David Wilkerson Today
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2012TAKING SIN
LIGHTLY by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]The prophet Ezekiel gives us a vivid illustration of what happens to a people
who take their sin lightly. In this account, the seventy elders of Judah came
to Ezekiel to receive a word from the Lord. These men were all in the service
of the temple, and as they gathered with the prophet to worship, Ezekiel
wasgiven an amazing vision:”As I sat in mine house, and the elders of Judah sat before me . . . the hand
of the Lord God fell there upon me. Then I beheld, and lo a likeness as the
appearance of fire: from the appearance of his loins even downward, fire . . .as the appearance of
brightness, as the colour of amber. And he put forth the form of an hand, and
took me by a lock of mine head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth
and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God toJerusalem” (Ezekiel 8:1-3).The Holy Spirit fell on this gathering, and God’s holy fire
filled the placewith light: “And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was
there” (verse 4).   Whenever God’s fiery presence appears in a meeting, sin is
always exposed.  Suddenly, the prophet saw that these men’s minds were filled
with “. . . everyform of creeping things, and abominable beasts” (verse 10).
He is describingdemonic strongholds, evil beings. And they had infiltrated
God’s house through the ministry!There sat the seventy elders, calm and placid, appearing as worshipers seeking
guidance from the Lord. In truth, however, they were covering hidden sin. They
had been going through the outward worship procedures of the temple ministry,
when in reality they all belonged to a secret society of sun worshipers. They
employed prostitutes in the temple and as part of the worship ritual, these
supposedly godly elders took part in fornication.Worst of all, these men were not convicted of their horrible idolatry. They had
convinced themselves that God winked at their idolatry. David was heavily
burdened by his sin but these seventy elders felt no arrows of conviction, no
loss of physical strength, no emotional pain. Instead, they were deceived by
what Moses called a “false peace.””And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse,
that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk
in thimagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst” (Deuteronomy
29:19).In other words: “A deceived person is like a drunkard; he has
lost all abilityto discern. He can’t even distinguish between thirst and
drunkenness.”
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Never overlook a nagging issue of the heart, no matter how small. God puts his finger on these matters for a reason. Pastor Gary Wilkerson
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1 Kings 3:6 And Solomon said, You have showed to your servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before you in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with you; and you have kept for him this great kindness, that you have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.
Psalm 119:7  I will praise you with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned your righteous judgments.

Psalm 97:11 Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.

Psalm 111:1  Praise you the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

Psalm 78:72 And David shepherded them with integrity of heart

So he gave them food with an upright heart, guiding them by the wisdom was their shepherd according to the integrity of his heart, and guided A Psalm by Asaph. //bible.cc/psalms/78-72.htm – 15k

Psalm 19:8 The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the

The precepts of Jehovah are upright, Rejoicing the heart, The command of Jehovah is pure, enlightening the eyes Psalm //bible.cc/psalms/19-8.htm – 15k

Psalm 7:9 O righteous God, who searches minds and hearts, bring to

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Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.      Matthew 5:8 NKJV

This page is for the glory of God The Father, God The Son Jesus Christ, and God The Holy Spirit
A Practical Way To Purify Your Heart So That You Can See God And Be With Him In His Holy Presence Continually
    • You Don’t Have To Wait For The Church To Have A Revival For You To Be Revived. 
    • Seek God with ALL your heart, soul, mind and strength asking Him for
    • YOUR OWN INDIVIDUAL REVIVAL IN YOU!
    • As part of your daily time with God, read through several of these verses or pages each day.
    • When you finish reading/ praying through all of the verses, start again at the beginning and cycle through it over and over, reading part of it each day in your time with God. Create your own list so that you can see it any time and “meditate on God’s Word day and night!” (Psalm 1:2  Joshua 1:8)
    • May God bless your time with Him!
    • It takes some time to purify our heart but it is worth it because we can ”see God” again!  Being in God’s Presence is the BEST!  Better than anything on earth! Psalm 73:25 and Philippians 3:8
    • To know God and understand Him is what we glory in!  (Jeremiah 9:23-24)  To be in His Presence is fullness of joy and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore! (Psalm 16:11)  It has been said that when God purifies your heart it is as if He starts with a magnifying glass to examine your heart and show you where it needs to be cleaned.  You repent and turn away from those things that He shows you and you feel good!  Then, God in His kindness and love for us, puts our heart under a “microscope” on 10X (ten power / minimal magnification) and shows you more areas that need to be purified.  You clean up those things and feel even better!  Then, God turns the magnification up to 100X then 1000X!   By that time your heart is more pure and you can see God “CLEARLY that you WANT to be able to continue to see Him like this ALL THE TIME!

To “behold the beauty of the Lord” (Psalm 27:4) and

“Praise the beauty of [God’s] holiness!”(2 Chronicles 20:21)

LINK:http://www.justworship.com/praisepoints/delightinthebeautyofhisholiness.pdf

To be in His Presence continually and never go back to lukewarm!

    • Leonard Ravenhill, Revival Preacher said:  “Purity IS Power!”  (purity of heart) and “The Secret Of Revival Is Obedience!”
    • Obedience to Jesus is not “LEGAL- istic.” It is “LOVE – A – LISTIC.” (Not “legal-ism” but “love-a-lism!:)”  
    • We want to daily purify our heart and obey Jesus because we LOVE Him and want Jesus and Our Heavenly Father to come and make their home with us!!! :)  

      John 14:21-23  New King James Version (NKJV)

      21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.

    • Not legalistic, but lovealistic :)   It’s “love-a-lism!” :)   If  God’s 1st and greatest commandment to us is to love Him with ALL our heart, soul, mind, and strength AND Jesus said “he who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who LOVES Me” then

    • obedience is evidence of love.  We need to LOVE AND OBEY God with ALL our heart, soul, mind, and strength!

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    • ….Within a month he [Evan Roberts] felt compelled to share this message of the reality of God and the possibility of complete forgiveness of sins with his home youth group at Moriah Loughor.Summing up the message in 4 parts, Evan pressed it home to the astonished church1. Confess all known sin2. Deal with and get rid of anything ‘doubtful’ in your life3. Be ready to obey the Holy Spirit instantly 4. Confess Christ publiclyBy the end of the first week over 60 responded. By the end of the second week Evan had already started on a whirl-wind tour of the South Wales valleys with his team of 5 girl singers and within a year or so 100,000 converts were said to be added to the Welsh Church….
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    • Leonard Ravenhill wrote this about Revival Preacher Jonathan Edwards:
    • “Let’s go to the woods where Edwards is alone with his God. Let’s creep up behind that old gnarled tree and listen to his broken prayer:”

      “I feel an ardency of soul to be . . . emptied and annihilated, to lie in the dust and be full of Christ alone, to love Him with a holy and pure love, to trust in Him, to live on Him, and to be perfectly sanctified and made pure with a divine and heavenly purity.”  http://www.ravenhill.org/edwards.htm

Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame(SongOfSol8:6)

(Luke 24:32)   And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

    • Most of the Bible Verses from the NKJV New King James Version and Amplified Bible
I want to be pure in heart:
(see entire verse below)

– so that I can see You God!       Matthew 5:8

– so that I can ascend Your holy hill!       Psalm 24:3-4

– so that I can abide in You Jesus       John 15:1-4

– so that You can bear fruit in me       John 15:5-8

– so that I can behold Your beauty God       Psalm 27:4

– so that I can be in Your Presence where there is fullness of joy!       Psalm 16:11

– so that I can have the joy of the Lord which is my strength!       Nehemiah 8:10

– so that I can experience the “at your right hand are pleasures evermore!”       Psalm 16:11

– so that I can experience Your love which is better than wine!         Song Of Solomon 1:2

– so that Your love for me can stir the embers of my love for you!         1 John 4:19

– so that l can be passionately in love with Jesus, the lover of my soul, the soon coming Bridegroom King!

SOS 1:15-16, SOS 2:16, Matthew 25:1-13

– so that I can have “oil in my lamp” [oil is intimacy with God] and know Jesus closely to enter the wedding

Matthew 25:1-13

–  so that I can have:  “buy [priceless, spiritual] wine and milk without money and without price [simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing]” and “and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness [the profuseness of spiritual joy]!” That I may ” incline my ear [submit and consent to Your divine will] and come to You, hear, and my soul will revive!     Isaiah 55:1-3

– so that I can be “pure and spotless” as part of the Bride Of Christ           Ephesians 5:25-27

–  so that I can ”Keep my heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.”  Prov. 4:23

–  “The upright shall behold his face.” Psalm 11:7    The ultimate motive for doing what’s right. A more satisfying sight of God.   John Piper

– so that I can be “near You” so that You will “be shown to be holy among those who are near” You so that You will be glorified “before all the people”

  • In Leviticus 10:3, God says, “I will be shown to be holy among those who are near me, and before all the people I will be glorified.”
  • 1 Chronicles 16:29 Psalm 99:9 1 Cor 6:20 1 Peter 4:11 John 17:4 Psalm 50:23 John 15:8 Philippians 1:9-11 Matthew 5:16 1 Peter 2:12

– so that I can keep your commandments because I love You!  If I love You and keep Your commandments You will give me “The Helper” “The Spirit of Truth” [Holy Spirit] who will “dwell with me will be in me.”  Jesus you also said that I “will be  loved by Your Father, and You [Jesus] will love me and manifest Yourself to me.”   WOW!  And You will “come and make Your home” with me!  WOW!

  • John 14:  15-17, 21,23     Jesus Promises Another Helper [The Holy Spirit ]
  • 15 “If you love Me, keep[a] My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will
  • give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
  • Indwelling of the Father and the Son
  • 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.

– so that I can know You, keep on knowing You, have eternal life and be with You forever in heaven! John 17:1-3 Matthew 7:21-23 Matthew 10:22 Jeremiah 9:23-24 Ephesians 1:15-22 Colossians 3:2-3

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  • Leonard Ravenhill, Revival Preacher said:  “Purity IS Power!”  (purity of heart) and “The Secret Of Revival Is Obedience!”
  • Obedience to Jesus is not “LEGAL- istic.” It is “LOVE – A – LISTIC.” (Not “legal-ism” but “love-a-lism!:)”  
  • We want to daily purify our heart and obey Jesus because we LOVE Him and want Jesus and Our Heavenly Father to come and make their home with us!!! :) 

    John 14:21-23  New King James Version (NKJV)

    21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.

  • Not legalistic, but lovealistic :)  It’s “love-a-lism!” :)  If  God’s 1st and greatest commandment to us is to love Him with ALL our heart, soul, mind, and strength AND Jesus said “he who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who LOVES Me” then

  • obedience is evidence of love.  We need to LOVE AND OBEY God with ALL our heart, soul, mind, and strength!

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Prayer:
Oh my God,  I am sincerely sorry for my sins.
I hate wickedness and sin because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell, but most of all because they offend You, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love!
I confess my sins that separate me from You,
I turn away from them!  I renounce them!
I will abide in You each day and walk continually in Your Holy Presence!
I will walk in the spirit now and always.
You have called me to be holy as You are holy!
I will obey You and live a holy life!
Only with holiness will I see You!  now and forever.
I am always reverent and live in a way that honors You.
I walk as a child of light  (for the fruit of the Spiritis in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),  finding out what is acceptable to You Lord.
I walk in holiness now on earth, as I will walk in holiness with You forever in heaven, my home!
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Scottish pastor Robert Murray McCheyne

Daily Awakening for Monday, October 20th, 2014

The Heart Jesus Loves

Mark 14:8, NKJV

She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial.

Though he only lived to the age of 29, Scottish pastor Robert Murray McCheyne had developed a tremendous insight into the true heart of his Savior. This passage about today’s text comes from one of his sermons.

What this woman did, she did to Christ. Jesus had saved her soul, had saved her brother and sister, and she felt that she could not do too much for Him. She bought a very costly alabaster box of ointment. Breaking it open, she poured out the precious ointment on His blessed head that was so soon to be crowned with thorns, and on His blessed feet that were so soon to be pierced with nails.

This is what we should do. If we have been saved by Christ, we should pour out our best affections on Him. It is well to love His disciples, His ministers, His poor, but it is best to love Him. We cannot now reach His blessed head nor His holy feet; but we can fall down at His footstool and there pour out our affections.

It was not the ointment Jesus cared for—what does the King of Glory care for a little ointment? But it is the loving heart, poured upon His feet; it is the adoration, praise, love and prayers of a believer’s broken heart that Christ cares for. The new heart is the alabaster box that Jesus loves.

That box cost Mary nearly all she had, yet it was nothing compared to the worth of one act of worship. After all, what value are all the distractions in the world compared to such a heart? Like Mary, lay down all you have for the heart Jesus loves.
Genesis 7; Matthew 7;

Ezra 7; Acts 7

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Brian Simmons: What goes on in the heart is so much more important than what goes on around you.

²³So above all, guard the affections of your heart,
For they affect all that you are.
Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being,
For from there flows the wellspring of life.

Proverbs 4:23 The Passion Translation

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2 Samuel 22:1-29 Amplified Bible (AMP)

22 David spoke to the Lord the words of this song on the day when the Lord delivered him from the hands of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.

2 He said: The Lord is my Rock [of escape from Saul] and my Fortress [in the wilderness] and my Deliverer;

3 My God, my Rock, in Him will I take refuge; my Shield and the Horn of my salvation; my Stronghold and my Refuge, my Savior—You save me from violence.

4 I call on the Lord, Who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.

5 For the waves of death enveloped me; the torrents of destruction made me afraid.

6 The cords of Sheol were entangling me; I encountered the snares of death.

7 In my distress I called upon the Lord; I cried to my God, and He heard my voice from His temple; my cry came into His ears.

8 Then the earth reeled and quaked, the foundations of the heavens trembled and shook because He was angry.

9 Smoke went up from His nostrils, and devouring fire from His mouth; coals were kindled by it.

10 He bowed the heavens and came down; thick darkness was under His feet.

11 He rode on a cherub and flew; He was seen upon the wings of the wind.

12 He made darkness His canopy around Him, gathering of waters, thick clouds of the skies.

13 Out of the brightness before Him coals of fire flamed forth.

14 The Lord thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered His voice.

15 He sent out arrows and scattered them; lightning confused and troubled them.

16 The channels of the sea were visible, the foundations of the world were uncovered at the rebuke of the Lord, at the blast of the breath of His nostrils.

17 He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of great waters.

18 He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me.

19 They came upon me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my stay.

20 He brought me forth into a large place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.

21 The Lord rewarded me according to my uprightness with Him; He compensated and benefited me according to the cleanness of my hands.

22 For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

23 For all His ordinances were before me; and from His statutes I did not turn aside.

24 I was also blameless before Him and kept myself from guilt and iniquity.

25 Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to my cleanness in His [holy] sight.

26 Toward the loving and loyal You will show Yourself loving and loyal, and with the upright and blameless You will show Yourself upright and blameless.

27 To the pure You will show Yourself pure, and to the willful You will show Yourself willful.

28 And the afflicted people You will deliver, but Your eyes are upon the haughty, whom You will bring down.

29 For You, O Lord, are my Lamp; the Lord lightens my darkness.

Bob Sorge

I’m not simply trying to live with a clean conscience (blameless in my own eyes), I want to be blameless before Him. 2 Sam. 22:24

John Piper:

Learning to pray with David about lips and deeds and heart. Look at the Book on Psalm 141:3-4.

Psalm 141:1–4, Part 2

Link:  http://www.desiringgod.org/labs/pray-for-god-to-guard-you

Pray for God to Guard You

August 20, 2015

Principle for Bible Reading

Prayer is vital for the fight to be more like Jesus. In this lab, John Piper looks at prayer in the Bible that models the pursuit of purity. All of our effort in the pursuit of purity and holiness rests on the power and favor of God to guard us from evil.

View the outline.


Outline

Introduction/Prayer/Recap (00:00–02:56)

Guard My Mouth (02:56–05:24)

  1. What is God guarding David’s mouth from? (Psalm 141:3)
  2. God is not guarding David’s mouth from something coming into it, but from something coming out of it, especially in prayer. (Psalm 141:2)
  3. David does not want to offend God by saying anything envious of the wicked or resentful toward God. (Psalm 141:3)

Guard My Heart (05:24–08:50)

  1. David prayer for God to guard him goes deeper down into his heart (Psalm 141:1)
  2. God govern the inclinations of his heart. (Psalm 141:1)
  3. Prayers ought to be pure in the words we use, but even importantly in the heart from which it comes. (Psalm 141:4)
  4. All of our deeds are motivated by desires. We want to do the good or bad that we do.
  5. Don’t let the delicacies of the world appear more desirable to me than you are. (Psalm 141:4)

Summary of the Prayer (08:50–10:41)


Study Questions

  1. What would God be guarding David’s heart from in Psalm 141:3?
  2. Based on Psalm 141:4 (and any other passages you can think of in the Psalms), how does David understand the relationship between his heart and his deeds?
  3. David prays that God not allow him to enjoy the delicacies of the wicked. Why would he pray that way in this prayer?   ========================

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Source:  ENTERING THE PRESENCE OF GOD, by Derek Prince, Copyright 2007, Whitaker House.

FOUR REQUIREMENTS OF TRUE WORSHIPERS
Derek Prince

Returning to the book of Hebrews, we see the four chief requirements of the true worshiper – what God expects of His
worshipers if they are to avail themselves of what He has made available to them:

 

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience,
and our bodies washed with pure water.”  (Hebrews 10:22)

1.  A True Heart

What does a “true heart” mean?  I will offer my opinion.  Sincerity, honesty, loyalty, total commitment, no reservations –
that is a true heart.

If I love my wife with a true heart, I love her totally.  I will not in any circumstance contemplate anything that would be
disloyal to her.  I think a word that we need to restore to our vocabulary is the word loyalty.    Loyalty has become passé
and out-of-date among some people today.  Loyalty to your family.  Loyalty to your country.

What was it that made the apostle John stand in front of the cross at Mary’s side when all the other disciples had fled?
Was it theology?  Not for a moment.  It was loyalty.  What was it that got Mary Magdalene to the tomb in the early hours
of the morning?  Was it doctrine?  No, it was loyalty.  She was going to be loyal to that man even if he was nothing but a
brutally mutilated corpse.  There does not seem to be much loyalty among some believers today.  We must be loyal to
Jesus and loyal to one another.  That is a true heart.

 

Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.  Make me to hear joy and
gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.  Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine
iniquities.  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”  (Psalm 51:6-10)

The word behold is dramatic.  David had been religious a long while, but now he had made a discovery, “You desire
truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.
”  I believe truth and wisdom go
together.  You don’t know the hidden wisdom until you have truth in the inward parts.  The revelation of hidden wisdom
is not through the mind, but through the sincere, true, and honest heart.

When sin has had its way in your heart, it can’t be patched up, repaired, or modified.  It takes a creative act of God to
give you a clean heart.  In Psalm 139, David was talking about God’s enemies and said,

 

Do I not hate them, O LORD, that hate thee?  and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?  I hate
them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.”  (Psalm 139:21-22)

Is it right for a Christian to say that?  Some people might say yes, and some would say no.  David went to a different
source:

 

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts.”  (Psalm 139:23)

David was asking God, “Is there something inside of me that is an enemy of God?  See if there is something inside of
me that is opposed to You.”  Can you invite God to do that?  Do not be afraid.  When it comes to confession, I tell
people to remember that you are not going to confess anything to God that He does not already know.  There will be no
surprises.  The confession is for your sake, not His.

 

And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  (Psalm 139:24)

Before God can lead us in this everlasting way, we have to allow Him to search and try our hearts – to root out any of
God’s enemies lurking there.  Let God show you what is in your heart and then let Him deal with it.  Lay it bare to Him.

In Isaiah, it says,

 

Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a
wonder; for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.
(Isaiah 29:14)

God wants worshipers with a true heart, no hypocrisy, no religious acts.  He wants sincere hearts, loyal and true.  I have
heard it said that we translate faith by obedience.  I would suggest that we translate faith by loyalty – loyalty to Christ at
any cost.  I think you will find they work to exactly the same end.

2.  Fullness of Faith

So the first requirement of the true worshiper is a true heart.  The next condition is fullness of faith.  Do you have
fullness of faith?  Is it an effort or a struggle?  Do you have to pinch yourself and say, “Am I full of faith?”  No, faith is a
decision.  That is why unbelief is the primary sin.  What is it to have fullness of faith?  Let us look at the Psalms:

 

Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.”  (Psalm 119:
128)

Whatever God says is right.  Anything that disagrees with Him is a false way.  That is not a feeling or emotion; that is a
decision.  I intend to agree with what God says.  When I was saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit in an army barracks,
not knowing anything about New Testament doctrine, I clutched hold of one fact:  the Bible was the book with answers.
It is the Book that tells me what has happened to me.

Intellectual arguments are basically an unwillingness to make a decision.  If you wait until you understand the entire
Bible before you will believe it, you will be waiting a long while.  If you wait to understand everything about Jesus Christ
before you accept Him, you will wait a long while.  Faith is a decision in relation to Christ and the Scripture.  I have made
that decision, thank God.  My mind is at rest.  I have perfect inward peace.

 

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing
into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”  (II Corinthians 10:5)

You can do what this verse describes.  Inside you, there is a mind that is trained to argue with God.  By nature, it is
opposed to God.  “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God”  (Romans 8:7).  It is your responsibility to suppress
that enemy; refuse to give him liberty to speak.

 

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.  For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and
tossed.  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.  A double minded man is unstable in
all his ways.”  (James 1:6-8)

The double-minded, unstable, undecided person gets nowhere with God.  Make up your mind from now on that what
God says is right.  That is the fullness of faith.

But I must give you an additional warning the Lord gave me:

 

As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children, That ye
would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.”  (II Thessalonians 2:11-12)

That Scripture should take your breath away if you are not familiar with it.  It is very simple.  If you don’t believe the truth,
you will believe a lie.  That was Eve’s choice.  God told her the truth; Satan told her a lie.  She had two options.  She
chose the lie – that is unbelief.  What is unbelief?  It is believing the lie.  It does not mean believing in nothing; everybody
believes in something.  The decision is always the same – Will I believe God, or will I believe Satan?  God says if you do
not believe the truth, He will see to it that you believe the lie.

Do not fool around with this.  Do not believe just as much as it suits you and leave the rest.  Incomplete obedience is
disobedience.  Incomplete belief is unbelief.  You can receive the truth, or you can come under delusion.  As this age
closes, those are the only two options available to God’s people.

3.  Hearts Sprinkled from an Evil Conscience

The next requirement of the true worshiper is a heart sprinkled from an evil conscience.

 

Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”  (Romans 5:9)

Romans tells us that we are justified by the blood of Jesus.  If you know my teaching, you know my definition of justified:
“just-as-if-I’d” never sinned.  That is how righteous the blood of Jesus makes us.  There is no more guilt conscience for
sin.

 

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after
the Spirit.”  (Romans 8:1)
 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
(I John 1:9)
 

Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.”  (I John 3:21)

On the other hand, if I am condemned in any way within my heart, I have no access to God.

 

If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.”  (Psalm 66:18)

You have to make a faith stand:  “All my sins are forgiven.  I have confessed them all.  God has forgiven them all.  The
blood of Jesus Christ cleanses me from all unrighteousness.  I am justified – just-as-if-I’d never sinned.”  Do you believe
that?  I do.  I really believe it.  I do not allow my mind to insinuate any religious doubt.  I believe that God is faithful and
just.  I believe He has forgiven me all my sins and cleansed me from all unrighteousness.  I do not have to cringe in the
presence of God.  I do not have to whimper.  I can walk upright.  “I have…made you walk upright” (Leviticus 26:13).
Hebrews goes one better than that:

 

“…AND THEIR SINS AND INIQUITIES WILL I REMEMBER NO MORE.”  (Hebrews 10:17)

God does not have a bad memory; He is a great forgetter!  There is a big difference.  God remembers everything that
He does not decide to forget.  If He decides to forget it, He does not remember it anymore.

4.  Bodies Washed with Pure Water

Did you know that the condition of your body affects your access to God?

 

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience,
and our bodies washed with pure water.”  (Hebrews 10:22)

What does it mean to have your body washed with pure water?  What is the pure water?  The pure water is the Word of
God.  How does God’s Word purify us?

 

Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit…”  (I Peter 1:22)

God’s word purifies us through the Spirit.  The Word, ministered by the Spirit and obeyed, purifies you.

 

And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he [Jesus Christ] is pure.”  (I John 3:3)

Obey the Word ministered to you through the Spirit, and you purify yourself.  How pure must we be?  Even as He is
pure.  There is only one standard that God has – Jesus.

 

For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you
should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour…”  (I Thessalonians 4:3-4)

Your body is the vessel, and the Bible says it is the will of God that you should know how to keep that vessel unsoiled –
pure and holy.

 

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved
blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (I Thessalonians 5:23)

Scripture says your body should be preserved blameless unto the coming of the Lord.  That is complete holiness.  If
your body is not preserved blameless, whatever that may mean, it is not total holiness.  The will of God is that you
should know how to possess this vessel in sanctification and honor.

In I Corinthians 6, the main theme is the importance of the body.  Most Christians grow up with the attitude that the body
is not really that important.  The Bible does not say that.  Please note, it is not scriptural to belittle your body.

 

All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought
under the power of any.”  (I Corinthians 6:12)

It is all right for me to eat three ice cream sundaes, but it does not do me any good.  Ice cream, cigarettes, and coffee
should not be dictating to me.  As Lester Sumrall once said,  “The morning I wake up and feel I cannot do without a cup
of coffee is the morning I will not drink it.”  That is a pretty good decision to make.  When you become dependent on
anything, you become enslaved by it.

 

Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them.”  (I Corinthians 6:13)

Food for the stomach, and the stomach for food.  But neither of them is permanent.  Enjoy them while you have them; it
will not be for long.

 

Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.”  (I Corinthians 6:13)

Most Christians would say “amen” to the first part of that verse, but what does it mean that your body is for the Lord,
and the Lord for your body?

 

And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.  Know ye not that your bodies
are the members of Christ?”  (I Corinthians 6:14-15)

Christ’s members on earth are our physical members.  That is all He has to work with.

 

“…shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot?  God forbid.  What?  know
ye not that he which is jointed to an harlot is one body?  for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.  But he that is joined
unto the Lord is one spirit.”  (I Corinthians 6:15-17).

Earlier we talked about the union of man’s spirit with the Spirit of God in worship.  Here again, we see the direct parallel
between the relation of the prostitute and the spiritual relation to the Lord.  He who is united in the love relationship with
the Lord is one in spirit with Him.

 

Flee fornication.  Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth
against his own body.  What?  know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which
ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  for ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and
in your spirit, which are God’s.”  (I Corinthians 6:18-20)

Sexual sins defile the body.  You do not belong to yourself, and that includes your body.  You are the property of God.
The supreme purpose of your body is to serve as a temple for the Holy Spirit.  “Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in
temples made with hands; as saith the prophet.
”  You can build Him the nicest church or cathedral and He may come
there when His people are there, but His dwelling place is the physical body of the redeemed believer.

 

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
ghost.”  (Matthew 28:19)

After you commit your life to Christ, you are baptized – submersed in a cleansing, sanctifying application of water.
Everything that was offered to God on the altar of blood must be washed in the water.  It is not to make you physically
clean but to make you holy in the true sense of being set apart to God.  Peter said, “Repent, and be baptized every one
of you in the name of Jesus Christ…
”   (Acts 2:38).  How many?  All of you.  Once you have done that, you are to
present your body as a “living sacrifice.”  Paul wrote,

 

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,
acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”  (Romans 12:1)

Your body is sanctified when it is placed on God’s altar.  That is how to preserve your body in sanctification and honor.
Keep it on the altar.  Jesus said to the Pharisees, in effect, “You fools!  It is not the gift that sanctifies the altar; it is the
altar that sanctifies the gift.” (See Matthew 23:18-19).  If you place your body on God’s altar, as long as it is in contact
with the altar, it is sanctified.  But if you break the contact, you have lost your sanctification.

Your body does not belong to you; it belong to God.

 

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  Neither yield ye your
members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from
the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”  (Romans 6:12-13)

To summarize, you have your heart sprinkled from an evil conscience, you know your sins are forgiven, you know your
heart is cleansed, and then you have your body washed with pure water – the pure water of the Word of God.  You
purify yourself by obeying the truth ministered to you by the Holy Spirit.  The first purifying act after believing is being
immersed, passing through the water, being set apart to God.  After that, you lay your body, sanctified by blood and
water, on the altar of God’s service.  You present every individual member to God as an instrument.  And your body
thereafter is a vessel for Him.  It is the only instrument  that Jesus Christ has on this earth by which to do His will at this
time.  Our members are the members of Christ.

Source:
ENTERING THE PRESENCE OF GOD, by Derek Prince, Copyright 2007, Whitaker House.

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Lance Wallnau

Here’s a rephrase… “You are made for eternity. Your greater glory in the next life is not achieved by living to maximize happiness in this life – it is achieved by maximizing your power to be fruitful. Sometimes this costs, but fear not because on the whole, your happiness in this life will be all the richer if you live with a disciplined focus on the next.”

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Derek Prince:
Excerpts From “Taking God Seriously”

“Faith is taking God seriously.”
“The distinctive mark of true disciples was commitment. They had made an unreserved commitment to obey and follow Jesus regardless of the personal cost. Jesus Himself laid down this condition.
Luke 14:27 27 Whoever does not persevere and carry his own cross and come after (follow) Me cannot be My disciple.
Luke 14:33 33 So then, any of you who does not forsake (renounce, surrender claim to, give up, [j]say good-bye to) all that he has cannot be My disciple.”

God’s Commandments
“Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (1 John 2:3–4)
Our response to God’s commandments reveals our true spiritual condition. Obeying them is proof that we know God.
The Bible contains many commandments covering various areas of our lives, but Jesus sums them all up in one that takes precedence over all others: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34–35)

By obeying this commandment we fulfill the entire law: “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Galatians 5:14).
Love is the end purpose for which all other commandments were given: “Now the purpose of the commandment is ‪#‎love‬ from a ‪#‎pure‬ ‪#‎heart‬, from a ‪#‎good‬ ‪#‎conscience‬, and from ‪#‎sincere‬ ‪#‎faith‬, from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk . . .” (1 Timothy 1:5–6).
Any religious activity which does not produce love is merely wasted effort. It is on this basis that we must assess our obedience to God’s commandments.
We need to ask ourselves: Is my life an expression of God’s love?”

From Teaching letter “Taking God Seriously”  http://www.derekprince.org/publisher/file.aspx?id=1000021476
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(side comment prayer:)
Love is the end purpose for which all other commandments were given: “Now the purpose of the commandment is #love from a #pure #heart, from a #good #conscience, and from #sincere #faith, from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk . . .” (1 Timothy 1:5–6).
Any religious activity which does not produce love is merely wasted effort. It is on this basis that we must assess our obedience to God’s commandments.
We need to ask ourselves: Is my life an expression of God’s love?”

Holy Spirit, please search me and try me. God’s Word says in 1 Timothy 1:5-6 that “Now the purpose of the commandment is #love from a #pure #heart, from a #good #conscience, and from #sincere #faith, from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk . . .” (1 Timothy 1:5–6).
Holy Spirit, Is my heart pure? Do I have a clean conscience? Do I have sincere faith? Is my life an expression of God’s love from a pure heart, fromm a good conscience and from sincere faith? I pray God’s Word Psalm 139 and Psalm 51

I pray Psalm 139:23-24
verse 23:New American Standard Bible
Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts;

King James Bible
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns.

International Standard Version
Examine me, God, and know my mind, test me, and know my thoughts.
New International Version
See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Verse 24:
New Living Translation
Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

English Standard Version
And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!

New American Standard Bible
And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.

King James Bible
And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.

International Standard Version
See if there is any offensive tendency in me, and lead me in the eternal way.

NET Bible
See if there is any idolatrous tendency in me, and lead me in the reliable ancient path!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And see if there is a way of lies in me; lead me in your eternal way!

GOD’S WORD® Translation
See whether I am on an evil path. Then lead me on the everlasting path.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And see if there be any way in me that is grievous, And lead me in the way everlasting.

New American Standard 1977
And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way eternal.

King James 2000 Bible
And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.


Psalm 51Amplified Bible (AMP)

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David; when Nathan the prophet came to him after he had sinned with Bathsheba.

1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your steadfast love; according to the multitude of Your tender mercy and loving-kindness blot out my transgressions.

2 Wash me thoroughly [and repeatedly] from my iniquity and guilt and cleanse me and make me wholly pure from my sin!

3 For I am conscious of my transgressions and I acknowledge them; my sin is ever before me.

4 Against You, You only, have I sinned and done that which is evil in Your sight, so that You are justified in Your sentence and faultless in Your judgment.

5 Behold, I was brought forth in [a state of] iniquity; my mother was sinful who conceived me [and I too am sinful].

6 Behold, You desire truth in the inner being; make me therefore to know wisdom in my inmost heart.

7 Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean [ceremonially]; wash me, and I shall [in reality] be whiter than snow.

8 Make me to hear joy and gladness and be satisfied; let the bones which You have broken rejoice.

9 Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my guilt and iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me.

11 Cast me not away from Your presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit.

13 Then will I teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted and return to You.

14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness and death, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness (Your rightness and Your justice).

15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise.

16 For You delight not in sacrifice, or else would I give it; You find no pleasure in burnt offering.

17 My sacrifice [the sacrifice acceptable] to God is a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart [broken down with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly penitent], such, O God, You will not despise.

18 Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then will You delight in the sacrifices of righteousness, justice, and right, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering; then bullocks will be offered upon Your altar.

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A Heart Of Obedience

What is “Assurance of Salvation?”
“People sometimes write us at Revive Our Hearts and they say, “How can I know that I’m a Christian?”
Excerpt from this ‪#‎must‬ ‪#‎read‬ message that I heard today for the first time and just had to share it by Bible Teacher Nancy Leigh DeMoss.
” All the way through the Scripture, the concept of obedience is linked with relationship. It’s a relational term. Obedience flows out of a personal relationship with God. It’s something that’s motivated by love. It is God’s kids who obey Him.
We see through the Scripture that when we obey, we demonstrate that we have a relationship with God. We demonstrate that He is our Father. We demonstrate that we have genuine faith; that we have truly been born again into the family of God.

Obedience is one of the most important and essential elements and expressions of true faith. You read about this particularly in the first Epistle of John. First John chapter 2. Listen to these words:

“And by this we know that we have come to know him” (verse 3a). Now, the book of 1 John was written to give people assurance of their salvation. How do you know for sure you’re a child of God?

People sometimes write us at Revive Our Hearts and they say, “How can I know that I’m a Christian?” First John chapter 2:3 tells us one of the ways we can know:

And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps His word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. (vv. 3–6)
Then you go to 1 John chapter 3, beginning in verse 5, and you see this same theme:

You know that [Christ] appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him [no one who belongs to him] keeps on sinning [habitually or doesn’t live in sinful habit patterns]; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. [So John says,] Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning . . . No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. (v. 5–9)
If God is your Heavenly Father, your inclination will be to obey God: “By this it is evident who are the children of God.” (v. 10)

“It is the people who have their name on the church roll. It is the people who are involved in small groups for Bible study. It is the people who live really good lives.” Is that what it says?

By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. (v. 10)

John is saying here that to prove that you are a child of God to yourself or to others, takes more than just intellectual assent to the gospel, more than just saying, “I believe.” It has to be demonstrated in the kind of obedience that is characteristic of children to their parents.

Not only does obedience demonstrate genuine salvation, but it also demonstrates genuine love for God. It’s how we show that we love God. We show that by obeying Him. It’s how we demonstrate our love for Christ. Over and over again in Scripture—interestingly enough, again in the writings of John—this time in the Gospel of John, chapter 14. Jesus said,

If you love me, you will keep my commandments. (v. 15).

If you love your husband, you will do the things that please him. And if you love God, you will demonstrate it by obeying him.

Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. (v. 21)

The Jews of the Old Testament prided themselves on having the Law of God. “We’re Abraham’s children. We have the Ten Commandments.”

Therefore, they thought they were spiritually okay. But Jesus says, “No—whoever has my commandments and keeps them (obedience), he it is who loves Me. That’s the one who’s related to Me.

And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him. Judas (not Iscariot) said to him,

“Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” (vv. 21–23)

That kind of obedience—loving, wholehearted, complete obedience—was what Jesus modeled in His relationship with His Heavenly Father. I love that verse in John 14:31 as Jesus and His disciples are getting ready to leave that upper room scene, and they’re going to the place where Jesus knows He will be betrayed and handed over to the Romans.

Jesus says, “But I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.” Where were they going? Into the jaws of death.

Jesus said, “Even if it kills Me, I want the world to know that I love My Father, so I’m going to obey His command.” What evidence does your life give to the world, that you love your Heavenly Father? Do they see you obeying God even when it’s costly? Do they see you demonstrating your love for Him?

I want us also to see that obedience is the means through which we can experience the reality of Christ and His love in our lives. Jesus said in that passage that we just read, John 14:21, “Whoever has my commands and keeps them . . . I will love him and manifest myself to him.” There is a paraphrase of that verse that says, “I will love him and make Myself real to him.”

Do you want to know more of the love of Christ in your life? Do you want to draw closer to Christ? Do you want to sense His nearness and His sweetness and His intimacy in your life? Jesus said, “If you have My commands and you obey them, I will manifest Myself to you. I will make Myself real to you. You will experience My reality in your life” (paraphrase).

Then He says in verse 23 of John 14,

If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.

Isn’t that what you want in your life—for God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit to make themselves at home in your heart?

“We will come, and we’ll make our home with him.” You can experience the reality of Christ in your life in a greater way through obedience. Jesus says, “If you keep my commandments—you are my friends if you do what I command you” (John 14:15 paraphrase).

That’s the way to experience intimacy with Christ. Now, as we think about obeying Christ as a means of showing our faith and showing our love and experiencing greater intimacy with Christ, remember that in the whole context of John chapter 14 and 15 (where we’ve been reading), and in 1 John (where we started out), there is one major command of Christ that comes up again and again and again.

What is the command? That we love one another. Now, I believe Jesus is talking about obedience to all of His commands, but isn’t it interesting that that’s the one command that He brings up in this context of obedience?

“If you love me, you will obey me, and this is my command: that you love one another, just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (paraphrase). You read it in John 13, John 15, 1 John 3, and 1 John 4—this is the commandment we have from Him.

“Whoever loves God must also love his brother” (paraphrase). As we pull all of this together, let me ask you a couple of questions. Are you obeying His command to love others as He has loved you?

You say, “Yes, I love people.” Do you love all people? Are there any brothers, sisters, or people in the family of God that you don’t love? Maybe they’re not loveable. It may be your mate. It may be a particular child. It may be a relative—someone that you don’t love with 1 Corinthians 13, agape kind of love.

If there is someone that you’re not loving in a Christ-like way, you can’t say that you’re obeying His commands. “If you love Me, you’ll obey Me. If you obey Me, you will love one another” (paraphrase).

Based on your obedience quotient; based on your lifestyle of obedience, what evidence is there that you are truly a child of God? If that’s how you get proof—assurance; evidence of your salvation—how much evidence is there that you are a child of God?

We can’t be bitter, cantankerous, and ornery; feuding with people; not getting along with people; having rifts between us and other people and say we’re Christians. Jesus said, “People will know that your profession is true if you have love for one another.”

Let me say it again. You have no basis for assurance that you are a child of God if you do not obey the commands of Christ, and one of the primary commands He tells us to obey is to love one another.

It’s not enough to claim that you love Him. It’s not enough to say that you love Him. Are you obeying Him? Do you love others as He has loved you?

Leslie: Loving your neighbor isn’t just a suggestion. Nancy Leigh DeMoss has been showing us what obedience to God looks like in day-to-day life. She’ll be right back to pray.

A new appreciation for obedience often follows revival. So does a passion for purity, holiness, honesty, and repentance. These are all qualities of revival that Nancy covers in a workbook she co-wrote called, Seeking Him.”
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God Himself is our audience. God loves us and is always looking, He sees all. Our commitment to love Him and obey Him even in the smallest ways, He sees. It matters to Him. Looking unto Jesus….Jesus “always” did what pleases the Father. John 8:29 King James Bible And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
2 Chronicles 16:9 King James Bible
For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.
1 Timothy 1:5 Berean Study Bible
The goal of our instruction is the love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and a sincere faith.
John 14:21-23

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Pastor Steve Hill – Daily Awakening for Monday, November 10th, 2014

The Heart Jesus Loves

Mark 14:8, NKJV

She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial.

Though he only lived to the age of 29, Scottish pastor Robert Murray McCheyne had developed a tremendous insight into the true heart of his Savior. This passage about today’s text comes from one of his sermons.

What this woman did, she did to Christ. Jesus had saved her soul, had saved her brother and sister, and she felt that she could not do too much for Him. She bought a very costly alabaster box of ointment. Breaking it open, she poured out the precious ointment on His blessed head that was so soon to be crowned with thorns, and on His blessed feet that were so soon to be pierced with nails.

This is what we should do. If we have been saved by Christ, we should pour out our best affections on Him. It is well to love His disciples, His ministers, His poor, but it is best to love Him. We cannot now reach His blessed head nor His holy feet; but we can fall down at His footstool and there pour out our affections.

It was not the ointment Jesus cared for—what does the King of Glory care for a little ointment? But it is the loving heart, poured upon His feet; it is the adoration, praise, love and prayers of a believer’s broken heart that Christ cares for. The ‪#‎new‬ ‪#‎heart‬ heart emoticon is the alabaster box that Jesus loves.

That box cost Mary nearly all she had, yet it was nothing compared to the worth of one act of worship. After all, what value are all the distractions in the world compared to such a heart? Like Mary, lay down all you have for the heart Jesus loves.

Genesis 7; Matthew 7;

Ezra 7; Acts 7

#new hearts heart emoticon are new wineskins heart emoticon

Matthew 9:16 And no one puts a piece of cloth that has not been shrunk on an old garment, for such a patch tears away from the garment and a worse rent (tear) is made.
17 Neither is new wine put in old wineskins; for if it is, the skins burst and are [k]torn in pieces, and the wine is spilled and the skins are ruined. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.

John 2:7 Jesus said to them, Fill the waterpots with water. So they filled them up to the brim.
8 Then He said to them, Draw some out now and take it to the manager of the feast [to the one presiding, the superintendent of the banquet]. So they took him some.
9 And when the manager tasted the water just now turned into wine, not knowing where it came from—though the servants who had drawn the water knew—he called the bridegroom
10 And said to him, Everyone else serves his best wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then he serves that which is not so good; but you have kept back the good wine until now!

‪#‎rebuilding‬ the altars of our hearts.heart emoticon Elijah
Elijah’s Prayer
36At the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet came near and said, “O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, today let it be known that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant and I have done all these things at Your word. 37″Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that You, O LORD, are God, and that You have ‪#‎turned‬ their heart heart emoticon back again.” 38Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.…

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our hearts heart emoticon and …. John 14:21-23 John 14:21-23Amplified Bible (AMP)

21 The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved heart emoticon by My Father, and I [too] will love heart emoticon him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.]

22 Judas, not Iscariot, asked Him, Lord, how is it that You will reveal Yourself [make Yourself real] to us and not to the world?

23 Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My ‪#‎Father‬ will love him, and ‪#‎We‬ will come to him and make ‪#‎Our‬ ‪#‎home‬ (abode, special ‪#‎dwelling‬ place heart emoticon ) with him.heart emoticon
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our hearts heart emoticon and ….. Isaiah 4:3 And he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, everyone who is recorded for life in Jerusalem and for [b]eternal life,

4 After the Lord has ‪#‎washed‬ heart emoticon away the [moral] filth of the daughters of Zion [pride, vanity, haughtiness] and has purged the bloodstains of Jerusalem from the midst of it by the spirit and blast of judgment and by the spirit and blast of burning and sifting.

5 And the Lord will create over the whole site, over every heart emoticon dwelling place of Mount Zion and over her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory shall be a canopy (a defense of divine love heart emoticon and protection).

6 And there shall be a pavilion for shade in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge and a shelter from storm and from rain.
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our hearts heart emoticon ….. Isaiah 4:4 ‘spirit or burning and sifting” and Luke 24:31Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight. 32They said to one another, “Were not our hearts heart emoticon burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures heart emoticon to us?”

heart emoticon “our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?”
John 17:17 Sanctify them heart emoticon through thy truth: thy word is truth.

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our hearts heart emoticon turned back to our Righteous Heavenly Father ….. Malachi 4:2 But unto you who revere and worshipfully fear My name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings and His beams, and you shall go forth and gambol like calves [released] from the stall and leap for joy.
3 And you shall tread down the lawless and wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, says the Lord of hosts.

4 [Earnestly] remember the law of Moses, My servant, the statutes and the ordinances which I commanded him on [Mount] Horeb [to give] to all Israel.

5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes.

6 And he shall ‪#‎turn‬ and reconcile the hearts heart emoticon of the [estranged] fathers to the [ungodly] children, and the hearts heart emoticon of the [rebellious] children to [the piety of] their fathers [a reconciliation produced by heart emoticon repentance of the ungodly], lest I come and smite the land with a curse and a ban of utter destruction.
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awakening heart emoticon love for Jesus The Bridegroom
John 11:11 AMP John 11:11Amplified Bible (AMP)
11 He said these things, and then added, Our friend Lazarus is at rest and sleeping; but I am going there that I may ‪#‎awaken‬ him out of his sleep.
Song of Solomon 8:4Amplified Bible (AMP)

Song of Songs 8:4 I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that you never [again attempt to] stir up or awaken love until it pleases.